Question About Coasters (the kind that go under your glass)
We have a number of dinners coming up and I am planning menus and flowers and table settings. I am a little tired of using tablecloths and after seeing a couple of lovely photos in current shelter mags, have decided to use place mats instead. They are white linen with a hemstitched border (approx 1.5 inches) and have our marriage monogram in the upper left corner inside the hem. I am not going to use chargers. The question is....what to use for coasters. I have a set in cut glass that have a good edge, but I find that people are more apt to miss something that fits too closely. My mother has a silver and crystal set I can borrow, but those present the same problem. I like the very thin paper coasters with a
scalloped edge, but the only ones I have (or ever see) have one gold initial stamped on them---- they are nice enough for most dinners but I don't want two monograms on the table. I have also seen those hardboard type coasters, but only in casual patterns. Also, I always wonder if they will be slippery from the condensation, defeating their purpose.
I am curious to know what other types of coasters people use, or if anyone even uses them any more. I have both Pickard and Reynaud china patterns that I usually use together--- both are white with a gold border. The Limoges dinner plates are old, so they are smaller than modern plates, only about 9" in diameter. Theoretically that would leave enough room on the place mat itself for two glasses, but not three. There. Will be a wine glass and water goblet at each place, and I have found that after 45 minute cocktails most people bring their drinks glass to the table as well, so we are def going to need at least one coaster. Any new ideas for coasters?